2013 Ohio State Fair Attractions (Special Events)
For the price of admission, Ohio State fairgoers have their pick of free events and activities within the fairgrounds. Check out these limited time only events and mark your calendars!
Buckeye Sports Fest
July 27, WCOL Celeste Center 11 am - 1 pm Catch all the action of Ohio State athletics. Meet and mingle with From the website: Ohio State athletes and coaches, get discounts on upcoming Buckeye sporting events and try out some of the Buckeye interactive activities.
July 27, 7 pm, Main Street Stage presented by CD102.5
From the website: Following months of scouring the state for Ohio‚Äôs best vocalists, the Ohio Idol top 10 will compete for the opportunity to tour Ohio through 2013 and win $10,000 in cash and a recording contract from John Schwab Recording Studio.
Columbus All-Breed Dog Agility
July 27 - 28, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, Rhodes Lawn
From the website: Watch as these local pups strut their stuff with as-seen-on-TV style agility!
Snakes Alive by Reptile Rick and Jungle Jenny Teepen
July 27 - Aug. 4, Noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 5:30 pm, FFA Center lawn
From the website: This educational and entertaining program features 20 different types of snakes and lizards. Stick around after the show - you might just get a unique photo opportunity!
Ohio State Fair 5K
July 28, 8 am, Crew Stadium
From the website: Experience the Ohio State Fair from end to end as you walk or jog your way past rides and animals at one of the most unique 5K routes you‚Äôll find! All participants get free Fair admission, free parking, a SkyGlider ticket and a Fairtastic goodie bag with the race entry fee of $30 in advance ($35 race day).
50 Year Club meeting
July 29, 8:30 am, Rhodes Center Auditorium
From the website: Did you attend the Ohio State Fair any time before 1962? If you answered yes, you're automatically a member of the 50 Year Club! Head to the Fair on Monday, July 30 for the club's annual meeting, featuring performances by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, the presentation of the esteemed Giant Step Award and more.
Auctioneers Bid Call Competition
July 29, 6 - 8 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
From the website: The Ohio Auctioneers Association has a longstanding tradition of competing at the Ohio State Fair. Come see more than 400 members from across the state show their skills!
July 30, 11:30 am, Central Park
From the website: The 17th Annual Pork Rib-Off returns to the Ohio State Fair with teams across the state competing to be honored for the best ribs, pulled pork and barbecue sauce in the state. After celebrity judges have sampled the food, fairgoers will be able to enjoy free samples and cast their vote for People‚Äôs Choice Award.
Kiddie Tractor Pull
July 30, 1 - 3 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
From the website: Children ages 3 through 8 will hop on one-tenth scale pedal tractors and pull a weight transfer sled 30 feet in this exciting annual tradition. The finalists in each age class are invited to pull at the Grand National Tractor Pull in January 2014 at Power Show Ohio.
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Kiddie Tractor Pull - state championship finals
July 30, 4 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
From the website: Throughout the 2012-2013 season, the top three winners from each gender and age group at 32 different competitions throughout the state have qualified to come to the final statewide championship kicking off at 4 p.m. in the ShowPlace Pavilion. At the end of the day, the top three in each class will qualify and be invited to the National Kiddy Pedal Tractor Pulling Championship held in September at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
4-H & American Welding Society Careers in Welding Trailer
July 31 - Aug. 4, Youth Center Lawn
From the website: This educational exhibit includes interactive displays featuring virtual welding guns and helmets equipped with internal monitors. Score the highest in the daily video welding game and you might just win a welding helmet!
Backyard Conservation & Gardening
Aug. 1, 10 am - 6 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
From the website: Come and learn how you can improve your gardening and decrease your carbon footprint by using compost bins, rain barrels and more in this demonstration presented by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.
Ohio Christian Association Music Showcase
Aug. 4, Noon, 3:30 pm, 7 pm, ShowPlace Pavilion
From the website: Talented Ohio musicians will perform Christian songs.
OVMA Veterinary Education Center
9 am - 10 pm, Wick Pavilion
From the website: Witness the miracle of birth or visit expectant and new farm animal mothers and their young at this educational exhibit near the Dairy Products Building.
Monster Mural, Central Park
11 am - 6 pm (closes at 5 pm on Aug. 4)
From the website: Kids jump at the chance to make their artistic mark on a giant Fair mural each day. Grab some complimentary waterproof paint and help create a masterpiece.